Baringo snake bite victim detained in Nakuru Hospital over Sh135, 000 bill

Snake bite survivor from Baringo County is being detained at Nakuru General Hospital for failing to raise Sh135, 000 to settle medical bill. The poor 65-year old granny Tarkok Chelimo hails from Sinoni in Kasiela Sub-location in Mochongoi Ward, Baringo South Sub-county.

“I now feel better, I would like to go home but I cannot manage due to the accrued medical bill” Chelimo told media in her hospital bed on Thursday.

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Three weeks ago, Chelimo had her right leg amputated after doctors in the facility recommended as a last option to stopping the snake venom from spreading to the other parts of the body.She was bitten by a poisonous Puff adder snake on her leg-thumb while attending to her farm on September 14th last year.

The 3.30pm incident saw the woman receive first aid at a Chemist in Kabel trading Centre in Mochongoi-15kilometres way before being rushed in an ambulance at Nyahururu Referral hospital to Nakuru.

Chebinyiny Location Chief Samuel Waseges confirmed the incident noting the poor family cannot raise the money to offset the ballooning bill. Waseges said the case is among several snakebite incidents in the area blaming the expenses on unavailability of anti-snake venom drugs in the local dispensaries.

According to the family sources the granny is the breadwinner as her 75-year old husband Chelimo Kibowen is aging and sickly.

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“She was placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for four days but thank God she is alive, only problem is now raising the amount to offset the hospital bill” a relative Jonathan Kiprop said.

He added the leg was rotting regularly while doctors tried to clean up the snake poison, so forcing them to resolve amputation Kiprop who resides in Nairobi says the family is so poor that they cannot raise even raise Sh200 to purchase simple pain killer drugs.

“Anytime the hospital required some amount to purchase drugs but none of the family members could manage until I had to chip in by sending some Sh500 through M-Pesa” he said.

He further said apart from the the granny’s sons and daughters being jobless, the family livestock-only source of livelihood were stolen by armed bandits from the neighbouring community.

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Kiprop further said recently the community organized a fundraiser which saw paltry Sh2,000 raised.Reportedly the Nakuru hospital now wants the granny’s bill settled so she can be discharged in order to create space for other patients.“Nurses are now threatening to spread for her a mattress on the floor but before that we hope to raise the money to see her discharged honorably” Kiprop said.

He said she further requires some crutches or a wheel chair to aide her movement.For Mpesa contributions contact: 0726632334

-Joseph Kangogo

 

 

 

Baringo boy, 16, cheats death after snake bite

A 16-year-old boy from Poi in Baringo North Sub-county cheats death after being bitten by a poisonous snake on Monday.

Andrew Cherono was rushed immediately to Kipsaraman Catholic Dispensary where he was injected with anti-snake venom drugs and survived the bite by stray deadly black mamba.

“He was herding his family cows around 10am when the deadly reptile descended to bite his left foot” Saimo Kipsaraman MCA John Aengwo said.

The victim is a form student at Kapchepkor secondary school in the same sub-county.

After being monitored closely the nurses said he was in stable condition before discharging him from the dispensary at around 4pm.

Wednesday last week, a 45-year old man from Katibel village in Kerio Valley succumbed after he was bitten by a Black Mamba snake.

“He accidentally stumbled and fell on the venomous Black Mamba snakes that bite him on the ankle of his right leg” Kapluk Senior Assistant Chief Alfred Cherutich said.

He said the victim unfortunately died within 20minites on the way while he was being rushed to Kapluk dispensary located 8kilometres away.

The administrator confirmed that there were no doses of anti-snake venom drugs available at the county local dispensaries.

Death toll of snake bites hits five this year in Baringo North alone after 14-year old standard eight girl at Turbei primary school Benadine Chelanga died after being bitten by a buff adder on October 20.

JOSEPH KANGOGO

 

Double tragedy: Pain of Baringo North man losing father, son to bandits and snakebite

Double tragedy for Baringo North man who lost his father to killing by suspected armed Pokot bandits before losing his 3-year old boy to snakebite.

The incident occurred at Bukwo village, Kinyach location in Baringo North Sub-county on Wednesday.

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“It is so painful, we relocated here in 2012 after fleeing the brazen pokot bandits who killed my 60-year old father Kipkiror Lokeris at Kapturo, border of Tiaty and Baringo Noth sub-counties”  Father of the deceased boy John Rong’uno said.

“I was still waiting eagerly for the government to compensate us victims of insecurity after losing my father and several livestock to the armed cattle rustlers, then again today snake kills my son” He posed.

He is among over 30,000 displaced families from volatile parts of Baringo North and Baringo South sub-counties bordering Tiaty Sub-county.

The entire place is greenish and bushy owing to the recent heavy rains and the frequent sounds of gun shots have subsided and the entire place is calm.

Rong’uno said his son Elias Cheboi, was jovial and happy and he would miss the hugs he gives him every evening he returns from work.

“I am a casual laborer, so I had just left my son that morning around 8am playing with other children at home then I went to help our grandmother construct a temporary maize granary” He said.

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The man said a boy rushed to where he was around 5pm reporting to him that his son had been bitten by a huge snake.

He later learned that in process of playing his child jumped from a branch of a shallow tree and fell on the tail of the huge venomous puff adder snake, before it sprinted to bite him four times on his waist.

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The residents then killed the snake and presented it to the police and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

“I rushed and surely I found him wailing and wreathing helplessly on the ground…their mother was not at home so he ordered a boda boda to rush him immediately to nearby Kalabata dispensary.

He said he was told the nurse in the local facility was last seen three months ago then he rushed his paining son to Bartabwa health centre, 15 kilometers away, where they experienced similar challenge.

Rong’uno said nurses in Bartawa were absent and they waited until 9.30 PM at night when one of them showed up and immediately ordered a standby ambulance to transport my son to Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet-over 40 kilometres away.

“It was on the way before Kabartonjo where I watched my son breath in deeply before collapsing to die…we only had to carry his body to the county facility mortuary” he said.

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The grieving father blamed it on the laxity of the county health sector saying he was sure he would not have lost his child if anti-snake venom drugs were available in the nearest dispensary and also if an ambulance was availed in time.

He said made frantic efforts to reach on phone the area Member of Parliament (MP) William Cheptumo, Governor Stanley Kiptis and Bartabwa Ward representative Reuben Chepsongol. before finally losing his child.

-Joseph Kangogo

 

Family Accuses Machakos Hospital Of negligence After 8-year-old Daughter Succumbs To Snake Bite

An 8-year-old girl has died after she was bitten by a snake in Mwala, Machakos County.

The class three pupil was reportedly bitten by a python while playing with her friends at Maweli Primary School in Ndandani village on Tuesday.

The deceased’s parents have taken the blame on doctors at the Machakos Level Five Hospital who they accuse of negligence.

They question the manner in which the doctors handled the incident leading to the demise of their daughter.

According to the deceased’s mother Peninah Nzwili, the hospital did not take their case as an emergency, they were forced to wait in a queue just like other patients.

Nzwili said the doctors’ negligence caused her daughter’s death .

“If only they listened to me that my case was an emergency, my daughter could have been alive today,” she said on the phone.

She said the deceased had earlier received first aid at Mwala Level Four Hospital before she was referred to the Machakos Level Five Hospital.

Nzwili said the family was forced to rush their deceased daughter to Machakos in a hired taxi after they were told the Mwala Level Four Hospital’s ambulance was not in good condition.

She said the doctors at the Machakos Level Five Hospital did not take blood samples of the deceased.

“There was no blood samples taken from my daughter at the Machakos Level Five Hospital, she was instead given an injection and discharged, ” she said.

Nzwili said she was given a list of medicine to buy for the girl as she was being discharged.

She said the girl’s situation worsened on arrival home forcing them to return her to the nearby Mwala Level Four Hospital where the doctor said the girl needed to be put in oxygen.

Nzwili said the daughter was again referred from the hospital to Machakos Level Five Hospital.

She died on Friday in a taxi on the way to the latter hospital.

The body was moved to Machakos Level Five Hospital’s mortuary.

The family now demands explanations from the Machakos Level Five Hospital and the Machakos County Government’s leadership on the circumstances under which their daughter died.

BY GEORGE OWITI.